June 01, 2019
Taylor & Francis has published findings of Ebola research undertaken by CPAID researchers.
Focusing on a village in Sierra Leone, Melissa Parker, Tommy Matthew Hanson, Ahmed Vandi Lawrence, Sao Babawo and Tim Allen analysed what happened when “staff, stuff, space, and systems” were absent.
They found that mutuality between neighbours, linked to secret societies, necessitated collective care for infected loved ones, irrespective of the risks. Thus practical learning was quick, and the numbers recovering were reported to be higher among people treated in hidden locations, compared to those taken to Ebola Treatment Centres.
These ground-breaking findings challenge positive post-Ebola narratives about international aid and military deployment. The authors report that a morally appropriate people’s science emerged under the radar of external scrutiny, including that of a paramount chief. Joe Trapido has reviewed the paper in The Lancet.
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